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According to a report by The Sun, there were 6,706 deaths on Malaysian roads last year – an average of 18 deaths daily. This comes despite the numerous road safety campaigns such as Ops Selamat.

In the recently released “2015 Statistical Report on Road Accidents,” Federal Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director SAC Datuk Mahamad Akhir Darus said there were 489,606 road crashes nationwide last year, which was an increase of 2.8% from 2014.

Even so, the number of fatalities and injuries saw a reduction of 7.3% compared to 2014. Of the 6,706 fatalities, the majority involved motorcyclists (3,816) and pillion riders (387), while some 11,550 others suffered injuries in accidents that were due to human factors.

Those aged between 16 and 20 years were involved in the highest number of casualties with 934 cases, followed by 21 to 25-year-olds (828), 26 to 30-year-olds (641), 31 to 35-year-olds (579), with the remainder being those aged above 36.

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The report also listed Johor as having the highest number of road fatalities – 1,040 cases, an increase of 22 from last year. This is followed by Selangor with 1,028 deaths, which is 40 less than in 2014.

Meanwhile, the areas with the highest number of road deaths were Batu Pahat (191), Kuantan (155), Ipoh (145), Kuala Muda (121), central Seberang Prai (118), as well as Kajang and central Melaka (110 each). Batu Pahat was also found to have the most unsafe roads in 2015, although the number of injuries dropped to 347, compared to 594 in 2014.

As for the number of reported road crashes, Petaling Jaya topped the list with 25,635 cases, followed by northeast Penang Island (14,696), south Johor Baru (14,642), Shah Alam (14,562), Ipoh (14,260), Kajang (14,133), and south Klang (13,060).

Rural roads claimed the most number of lives at 3,731, according to the report, followed by urban areas (1,277), small towns (827), and major cities (408). It also revealed that July saw the highest number of casualties in both 2015 and 2014, apparently due to the Hari Raya travel period. The month also saw the highest number of crashes last year with 43,892 cases.